LEGENDARY KRS-ONE and SLUM VILLAGE
Moja: A Relief Concert Series presented by
Hosted by DJ Xpect (The Xiles, NYC) and Mr Peter Parker (Shadyville / 96.3NOW)
100% of proceeds go towards Relief Efforts by MplsTornado
www.mplstornado.info :: www.ireliefnow.org :: www.ias.umn.edu
On sale: Wednesday, July 6 at 12:00pm CST
A pioneering Bronx-based hip-hop group with a socially conscious message, Boogie Down Productions (BDP) is the hip-hop vehicle of rapper Kris "KRS-One" Parker. Parker originally formed the group with DJ Scott LaRock who was gunned down in 1987 while trying to break up a street fight and help spark KRS-One's ambitious antiviolence crusade. But it was BDP's Productions' blend of hip-hop with reggae dancehall and rock influences that set the group apart from other message-oriented rappers, as well as KRS-One's dexterous verbosity and blunt beat sense.
Rising from the rugged streets and rich musical tapestry of Detroit, Slum Village were poised to carry on the old-school, funk, and soul-filled hip-hop torch of genre pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and the Pharcyde. Growing up in the Conant Garden neighborhood of Detroit and forming during high school at Detroit's Pershing High School, MCs Baatin, Jay Dee, and T3 quickly garnered praise and recognition in the local underground scene. In the mid-'90s, Jay Dee became part of the hip-hop elite as a member of the Ummah, the production team responsible for multiple hits by Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo, the Pharcyde, De La Soul, and Common, as well as remixes for Janet Jackson and Brand New Heavies. In 1998, Slum Village gained further recognition as an opening act for A Tribe Called Quest's farewell tour. Two years later, after some record-industry politics, the group released Fantastic, Vol. 2, an album featuring appearances from D'Angelo, Q-Tip, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. For fans with an ear to the underground and a few questions concerning the whereabouts of Fantastic, Vol. 1, the trio assumed an alias (J-88) to release Best Kept Secret.
Two more years went by before the group was heard from again, but "Tainted" broke the silence in the summer of 2002 to become a growing hit on MTV2. The album that followed, Trinity (Past, Present and Future), boasted fewer guest appearances and a well-rounded combination of the first album's rough-and-tumble productions with the second album's soulful vibe. The record also featured Jay Dee in a reduced role, with new member Elzhi picking up the slack. Later that year, Slum Village released Dirty District, a compilation of Detroit MCs produced by T3 and compatriot RJ Rice. By the time recording began for their fourth proper album, Baatin was gone from the lineup, a victim of schizophrenia that briefly incapacitated him (he later mounted a solo career). T3 and Elzhi picked up the slack by inviting high-profile guests including Dirt McGirt and Kanye West, and Capitol released the results, Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit), in June 2004. A year later, Slum Village were off the label, making the move back to the independent Barak. The mixtape Prequel to a Classic announced the impending September 2005 release of the duo's self-titled full-length. Within the next four years, the duo was dealt a pair of serious personal blows when both Jay Dee and Baatin passed away, but they persevered and released Villa Manifesto in 2010.
Based out of New York City, DJ Xpect is a former radio mixshow DJ on FM 89.9 KMOJ Minneapolis and has extensively toured DJ-ing Nationally and internationally. He has also done concert tours with various top artists most recent of which was K'naan tour DJ for Minneapolis leg in 2010. Other artists he has worked with and DJ'd for include The Ying Yang Twins, Reggae artists Warrior King, Mr Easy, Tanto Metro Devonte among several more top names.
Mr. Peter Parker, host extraordinaire, is the new sound of millennium media. Comfortably situated on the garden of the game, Mr. Peter Parker is currently coming off a 4 year gig 7pm-11pm on the airwaves of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s top rated Hip-Hop/R&B station, B96 (96.3 FM KTTB) The Beat of the Twin Cities.
So exactly how hard does Mr. Peter Parker hustle? The result is on his resume. In conjunction with radio workouts, he hosts his own exclusive mixtape project series; How Hard Do You Hustle? & Grind Season Go-Getters. The official mixtapes cheered on by the hottest talent in the mixtape game such as Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, J.Cole, Wale, Styles P, Freeway, David Banner, Guru from Gangstarr and Saigon just to name a few, have created major buzzes in the music business. Parker’s grind eventually attracted the attention of the internationally known mixtape king, The Black Howard Stern- DJ Whoo Kid (50 Cent’s DJ) and joined his official crew The Shadyville DJs. Mr. Peter Parker’s ability to attack various angles of the industry is what separates him from traditional artist/hosts on media circuits. Seeking to expand his brand and company 25/8 Entertainment, which basically means he works tirelessly past 24 hours and beyond 7 days of the week, Mr. Peter Parker is set to lay his entrepreneurship skills on the ground as the future of entertainment.
Raised in a Buddhist household, immersing himself in Black history, world culture, and community work, Toki Wright’s awareness of the diverse world we live in is translated through his content driven music. He has taken paths that run the gamut from a non-profit youth organization in North Minneapolis to work with war-affected children in Northern Uganda. As an artist, Wright’s travels have taken him throughout the United States and Canada as support and hypeman for Brother Ali. Other performance credits include Soundset, Coachella, CMJ, Bumbershoot, Paid Dues, Scribble Jam, and SXSW.
Truthmaze is one of the originators and premier hip hop artists in Minnesota, beginning in 1983, as a vocal percussionist (beatboxer) known as B-Fresh. He was part of one of the first hip hop recordings from Minnesota to reach national presence as part of the I.R.M. Crew, and has been recording since 1986 with such groups as I.R.O.C., Brown Mark (of Prince and the Revolution), Mixed Breed and The Mighty Micronauts, whose infamous debut album was re-released on Rhymesayers Entertainment.
Da Black Pearll (Tinitha Warren) was born in Chicago, IL. She was raised in Minneapolis, MN since the age of four. She found her love for poetry in the 4th Grade and has been writing ever since. In 1993 Tinitha earned the NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Award of Minnesota Sponsored by Koch Refinery Company, as the young owner of her own African American greeting card company Black Berry Graphics, Inc... She was given congressional recognition from Congressman Jim Ramstad and the late Senator Paul Wellstone for her accomplishments.